Cast Iron and Wrought Iron Home and Garden Decor

Half the interest of a garden is the constant exercise of the imagination. ~Mrs. C.W. Earle, Pot-Pourri from a Surrey Garden, 1897

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Decorating the Garden with Cast Iron Urns


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The traditional design of cast iron urns has always lent itself to classic and elegant garden decoration. They easily fit in both old world and modern garden motifs. It is hard to tell if an urn is a year old or 100 years old. Cast iron urns are a good investment to add character to your decor outside or even as an accent piece inside your home.


Cast iron urns are virtually indestructible, and unless someone steals them, they should last for generations. They are easily the most durable and one of the most versatile garden accessories. Concrete planters will freeze, crack, and eventually disintegrate. Ceramic urns may shatter. Fiberglass and plastic may seem to be a bargain at first, but they will have to be replaced often.


Any planter needs to be functional, so be sure to choose an urn that has enough depth for the rich potting soil plants need. Check that there is the all-important drainage hole so that plants don't drown but their roots can be oxygenated.


Since cast iron urns are so heavy, it is important to give thought to where you can place it to best advantage in your garden, and to prepare a spot for it. A large garden urn can weigh a few hundred pounds. If it is not to be set on a patio or other solid footing, it is a good idea to construct a small foundation for it from cement or stone. This will prevent sinking and settling when the ground is sodden. This will also give an opportunity to anchor the urn to prevent its loss. If you use cement, this can be done invisibly by setting a rod in the cement that can come up through the drainage hole and be secured inside the urn.


There are many styles and sizes of urns available at J Pedersen Home & Garden. Call us today and we will be happy to help you make your selection!